Latex Allergy - page 3

I had my first latex case this past Friday. Pt needed a foley so I went and pulled latex free cath and separate bag with KY and other supplies. Later on my charge nurse pulled me to the side and ask... Read More

  1. by   Dragonnurse1
    You rock! I only wish that the people around here were as concerned for their patients as you. My last hospital stay hubby put No Latex sign on my door and the first question the nurse asked was - what does that sign mean

    You were correct in what you did. Next time ask the NM or the CN how are they going to defend a wrongfull death suit following a latex reaction that goes down the drain.

    Patty former RN now latex allergic with Multi chemical allergies, and getting worse. Also neoprene allergic
    Last edit by Dragonnurse1 on Apr 20, '08 : Reason: forgot important allergy
  2. by   Dragonnurse1
    Gidgette,
    Most latex allergic patient have neg. rast test, also neg. ELISA test. There is no definative test for latex allergy, except your own reactions. Shop around for allergist that believes in latex allergy sx not test results. And either get a bracelet or some kind of alert.

    Be your own advocate. There is lots of info on the LAforum site on Yahoo (no $ interest). They have links to sites that supply signs and other no latex things.
  3. by   BeeSunnyRN
    Gidgette,
    You have to learn what you react to and what you are ok with. Some of us can take a little exposure to an allergen but you never know when the 'big one' is going to hit & you bite the old ET-tube.

    My best advice, in addition to Dragon-nurse's advice, is to seek out a Dr. you are comfortable with. My original allergist just wanted to write a note stating I must avoid all latex/rubber. This is not anymore possible to do in a hospital or clinic setting than it is to do in real life. I tried to tell him that was too restrictive and he refused to see me again. I had to get a friend Doc to write that I needed to be able to control and limit my exposure to allergens so that I could continue to work. Thank God that friend was willing to stick his liability out there and write that note for accommodations otherwise I'd have been up a creek in a rubber row boat.

    Look for alternative ways to use the products around you. Can you wear a t-shirt or something that comes between you & the elastic? Is that even something you can tolerate? If you're having respiratory symptoms that may not be enough because chances are it is still too close to your airway. Speak up and ask for alternative products to be stocked for your safety. It is the law that an employer must make reasonable accomodations.

    The sooner you start protecting yourself the more likely you are to be able to decrease your reactions. Take care, do your research and starting advocating for yourself, your patients, and your fellow co-workers because you KNOW you aren't the only one.

    stay safe,
    bk
  4. by   nellie_nurse812
    You did the right thing....I have read documented reports of patients having allergic reactions to latex when only the latex particulates were in the air and not in contact with the patient.....
  5. by   Gidgette_gj
    I just wanted to say thanks to everyone that has replied so far!
    It is really encouraging and at this time that is what I need!
    I did conjur up the courage to talk to the medical director, and he is behind me 100%---yes I cried!
    I don't want to leave my job as I love what I do, but in the same time it is extremely SCAREY!
    So thanks for all the thoughts and keep them coming!
    I am trying to be more aware of what I am around, and am praying that will do the trick!
    I can only pray that everything will be ok, like you said you never know! I feel like everyday I am walking a tight rope!
    Thanks so much for listening!
    I really appreciate it!!
    Gidgette
  6. by   amiller126
    latex allergies are not taken seriously in most cases. my significant other has a severe latex allergy and her sister is an even worse allergy to latex.

    i would have done exactly what you did.
  7. by   Dragonnurse1
    To you amiller126 - It is bad enough when one person has the allergy but ya'll have to be twice as careful. My hubby has only the slightest reaction to latex adhesives. I hope he gets his kidney before the allergy gets worse.

    Keep yourselves safe. If you don't no one else will

    Dragonnurse
    Last edit by Dragonnurse1 on May 3, '08 : Reason: spelling
  8. by   hypocaffeinemia
    I just did some reading on this (http://www.emedicine.com/emerg/topic814.htm) and you're only going to see positive RAST's for those with type I reactions, which is the true latex allergy. Those with delayed reactions that are mainly topical in nature (type IV) aren't actually allergic to latex proteins but instead are allergic to some of the chemicals used in the manufacturing. Most people that have contact dermatitis as a result of latex aren't even experiencing an immune response at all.

    Anyways, there's a thread around here somewhere about a new type of latex produced from some other plant that has initially been found not to evoke any sort of allergic response even in those severely allergic to latex. I hope these babies hit the market soon because my hospital only carries the nitrile exam gloves and I can't stand them.

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